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Could My Vehicle Suffer from a Seatback Failure?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Aug-2017

Last year, members of Congress addressed seatback failures, a major safety problem present in millions of vehicles. During rear-end collisions, seats in these vehicles may launch backwards into other occupants. More than 100 people in the United States, most of whom are children, have been killed by seatback failures over the last three decades. Seatback failures have also caused traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Federal lawmakers have called on automakers to fix this problem before more people are catastrophically injured or killed.

Federal standards that regulate seat strength for vehicles sold in the United States were created during the late 1960’s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kept this standard in place. Automakers have known about seatback failures for decades. General Motors’ even fought lawsuits during the early 1990s over injuries involving seatback failures. Almost three decades later, seatback failures are still ruining lives.

Major automakers, such as Honda, General Motors and Audi have manufactured vehicles with this safety problem.

Have Lawsuits Been Filed for Seatback Failures?

In 2012, a Texas boy suffered a traumatic brain injury after his father’s seat crushed him during a rear-end accident. The boy’s family sued Audi and secured a $124.5 million jury verdict. Additional product liability lawsuits involving seatback failures have been filed against automakers over the last several decades. In 2004, two Tennessee parents who lost their 8-month old daughter to a seatback failure were awarded a $106 million jury verdict.

The Washington DC product liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have an extensive record of helping people harmed by defective products.

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